WHAT TO PRAY IN THE CHURCH
Pastors, here are six biblical truths that I hope will jolt us out of our prayerless slumber.
Corporate prayer isn’t much to look at. But it’s one of the most important things a church does.
Corporate prayer is not just 300 people having their own quiet time; it’s 300 people praying together.
When we genuinely embrace the conviction of our need for the Spirit, we give ourselves to the work of prayer and the work of preaching.
WHY PRAY IN THE CHURCH
Adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. How should we pray on Sunday morning?
Elders often deal with difficult cases, so shouldn’t we pray for wisdom?
We might say we believe prayer is important, but are we praying regularly, specifically, and expectantly?
When we disciple others, we have the privilege of helping them follow Jesus. Prayer is a critical tool in doing that.
If God rules over kingdoms, then kingdoms are our concern, and we should discipline ourselves to pray both for the world in general and our cities in particular.
HOW TO PRAY IN THE CHURCH
With all due regard to churches’ individual circumstances, it’s hard to justify the lack of congregational prayer in many of today’s churches, or the relegation of prayer to an obligatory sidelight.
My every prayer of thanksgiving should properly begin with gratitude to those who took me to church as a child and who, when I was long grown, invited me back.
A few brief stories of how God has answered church-wide prayers.
If you could add one thing to your church calendar, what would it be? Have you considered adding a regular prayer service?
There is evidence in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit wills to use prayer meetings to pour out his power again and again on local churches.
Praying without preparation should be as natural to us as sharing the gospel with someone. It is simply what we do as Christians.
Watching your tone, pacing, and pauses will keep your scripted prayers from sounding robotic and stiff.
Tired of praying the same old things about the same old things? Try praying the psalms.
Looking to an 18th-century pastor for wisdom on what to pray for, and how to pray.
Prayerlessness is a problem in so many churches. What can we do about it?
Why pray certain things? Because the Bible tells you to from cover to cover. This book will simplify, motivate, and focus your own prayer life.